Computer Concepts / Edition 2

Computer Concepts / Edition 2

by June Jamrich Parsons, Dan Oja, Dan Oja
ISBN-10:
0760054886
ISBN-13:
9780760054888
Pub. Date:
03/28/1998
Publisher:
Cengage Learning

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Computer Concepts / Edition 2

"Get Synched!" Learning takes place when students and instructors can effectively connect and communicate, and technology makes it possible. NEW PERSPECTIVES ON COMPUTER CONCEPTS 2010 is the only guide to computer concepts that creates a fully integrated and truly interactive teaching and learning environment. The printed book, companion Web site, interactive BookOnCD with multimedia, and WebTrack assessment tool help instructors and students work in sync to explore, understand, and apply computer technology in their personal and professional lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780760054888
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Publication date: 03/28/1998
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 8.27(w) x 10.63(h) x (d)

About the Author

June Parsons and Dan Oja purchased their first computer, an Apple II+, in 1981 and quickly became fluent in BASIC, dBASE II, Lotus 123, WordStar, and a variety of accounting programs. The next year, they opened a successful small computer retail store that also offered software instruction to children and adults. June taught at the university level for more than 20 years, has a doctorate in Educational Technology, and was certified by the ICCP in 1995. June and Dan began writing and creating educational software for Course Technology in 1992. They contributed to the Windows for Business and Illustrated Series and developed the New Perspectives, e-Course, and Practical series. They work via the Internet with a team of highly skilled media specialists and desktop publishers located in various states and provinces.

June Parsons and Dan Oja purchased their first computer, an Apple II+, in 1981 and quickly became fluent in BASIC, dBASE II, Lotus 123, WordStar, and a variety of accounting programs. The next year, they opened a successful small computer retail store that also offered software instruction to children and adults. June taught at the university level for more than 20 years, has a doctorate in Educational Technology, and was certified by the ICCP in 1995. June and Dan began writing and creating educational software for Course Technology in 1992. They contributed to the Windows for Business and Illustrated Series and developed the New Perspectives, e-Course, and Practical series. They work via the Internet with a team of highly skilled media specialists and desktop publishers located in various states and provinces.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Computer, Internet, and Network Basics2
Section AComputer Basics4
A Computer is...4
Computer Categories6
Personal Computer Systems9
Data, Information, and Files11
Application Software and Operating System Basics12
QuickCheck A13
LAB: Operating a Personal Computer14
Section BInternet Basics15
Internet Resources15
Internet Connections18
Internet Service Providers20
User IDs and Passwords22
QuickCheck B24
LAB: Making a Dial-up Connection25
Section CWeb Basics26
The World Wide Web26
Browsers28
Search Engines31
QuickCheck C34
LAB: Browsing and Searching35
Section DE-mail Basics36
E-mail Overview36
E-mail Technology40
QuickCheck D42
LAB: Using E-mail43
TechTalk: The Boot Process44
QuickCheck TechTalk47
Issue: How Private is E-mail?48
Review Activities50
Interactive Summary50
Interactive Key Terms52
Interactive Situation Questions53
Interactive Practice Tests54
Study Tips54
Projects55
Additional Projects55
Chapter 2Computer Hardware56
Section AData Representation and Digital Electronics58
Digital Data Representation58
Quantifying Bits and Bytes61
Digital Electronics62
QuickCheck A64
LAB: Working with Binary Numbers65
Section BMicroprocessors and Memory66
Microprocessor Basics66
Microprocessor Performance Factors67
Today's Microprocessors69
Random Access Memory70
Read-Only Memory72
CMOS Memory73
QuickCheck B74
LAB: Benchmarking75
Section CStorage Devices76
Storage Basics76
Floppy Disk Technology79
Hard Disk Technology81
Tape Storage83
CD Technology84
DVD Technology86
QuickCheck C87
Section DInput and Output Devices88
Expansion Slots, Cards, and Ports88
Installing Peripheral Devices92
Display Devices92
Printers94
QuickCheck D97
TechTalk: How a Microprocessor Executes Instructions98
QuickCheck TechTalk101
Issue: Why Recycle Computers?102
Review Activities104
Interactive Summary104
Interactive Key Terms106
Interactive Situation Questions107
Interactive Practice Tests108
Study Tips108
Projects109
Additional Projects109
Chapter 3Computer Software110
Section ASoftware Basics112
Software, Programs, and Data Files114
Programmers and Programming Languages114
How Software Works115
Application Software and System Software116
QuickCheck A117
Section BPersonal Computer Operating Systems118
Operating System Overview118
Windows, Mac OS, UNIX, and DOS123
QuickCheck B126
LAB: Using the Windows Interface127
Section CApplication Software128
Document Production Software128
Spreadsheet Software133
Accounting and Finance, Mathematical Modeling, and Statistical Software136
Data Management Software137
Graphics Software141
Music Software143
Video Editing Software144
Educational and Reference Software144
Entertainment Software145
Business Software147
QuickCheck C147
Section DSoftware Installation and Copyrights148
Installation Basics148
Installing From Distribution Disks or CDs150
Installing Downloaded Software151
Uninstalling Software152
Software Copyrights153
Software Licenses153
QuickCheck D155
LAB: Installing and Uninstalling Software153
TechTalk: The Windows Registry157
QuickCheck TechTalk159
Issue: Is Piracy a Problem?160
Review Activities162
Interactive Summary162
Interactive Key Terms164
Software Key Terms165
Interactive Situation Questions165
Interactive Practice Tests166
Study Tips166
Projects167
Additional Projects167
Chapter 4File Management, Virus Protection, and Backup168
Section AFile Basics170
Filenames, Extensions, and Formats170
File Locations, Folders, and Paths172
File Sizes and Dates173
QuickCheck A173
Section BFile Management174
Application-Based File Management174
File Management Utilities176
File Management Metaphors177
Windows Explorer178
Physical File Storage180
QuickCheck B183
LAB: Working with Windows Explorer184
Section CComputer Viruses185
Viruses, Trojan Horses, and Worms185
Antivirus Software189
Virus Hoaxes191
QuickCheck C192
Section DData Backup193
Backup and Restore Procedures193
Backup Equipment198
Backup Software200
QuickCheck D201
LAB: Backing Up Your Computer202
TechTalk: File Formats203
QuickCheck TechTalk207
Issue: Is it a Crime?208
Review Activities210
Interactive Summary210
Interactive Key Terms212
Interactive Situation Questions213
Interactive Practice Tests214
Study Tips214
Projects215
Additional Projects215

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